Gonzalez expects to be back with O's

Right-hander dealing with tendinitis, inflammation in right shoulder

Gonzalez expects to be back with O's

BALTIMORE -- A day after getting positive results on an MRI on his right shoulder and elbow, Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was optimistic he would pitch again this season.

"Yeah, I'm excited because things like this you never know what can happen," said Gonzalez, who has tendinitis and inflammation. "But once we got the results back and were able to see what was wrong, it was definitely a positive and a plus there, for sure."

Gonzalez, who received a Cortisone injection on Monday, hopes to start throwing in "a couple of days" and said he first started to feel something not right about two weeks ago.

"Honestly, I was feeling fine," said Gonzalez, who initially thought it was just normal wear-and-tear of the season. "Fatigue? Most of the guys can tell you they are fatigued right now, they are tired. But mine was a little worse than others."

Gonzalez isn't sure how much of a factor the tendinitis played in his recent struggles. He has gone 5 1/3 innings or fewer in 11 of his past 14 starts and --after being a consistent force in the O's rotation -- hasn't been able to get things on the right track.

"Just for me it was the command that was an issue, I thought more than anything. So you always have suspicions when you have a track record with somebody and they're not following it. What's wrong?," manager Buck Showalter said when asked if he had any inkling Gonzalez was hurt. "Players realize like he said that nobody is 100 percent this time of the year. It's a matter of what his private thoughts were and what he was feeling. I'm not going to sit there and quiz him. That's the same reason why you like him so much. He wants to post up. He's a tough guy. This is a tough, competitive guy."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.